» If the climate forecasters hadn’t talked about all this rattling snow of their forecast, we would not be having all this rattling snow.
» There must be a regulation that any U.S. senator or consultant—accompanied by aides—can conduct a snap, full-access inspection of any immigration detention heart or postal facility anytime, wherever.
» A Hallmark Corridor of Fame TV film you may by no means see: The Atheists’ Christmas Miracle.
» One of many issues I am most wanting ahead to being launched by the Biden White Home: your entire “good name” between Trump and the President of Ukraine. The opposite is Trump in jail.
» I am cautiously optimistic that Kamala Harris will deliver again the honored vice-presidential custom of capturing a lawyer within the face whereas quail searching.
» This weblog has gone zero days and not using a dreidel-related accident. My dangerous.
» I am uninterested in at all times having to spell out your entire phrase weblog. Any longer, to avoid wasting time and cut back my susceptibility to carpal tunnel syndrome, I am condensing it to og.
» I can consider 81,268,867 patriotic, democracy-loving People who ought to every get a Medal of Freedom.
And now, our characteristic presentation…
Cheers and Jeers for Thursday, December 17, 2020
Be aware: Reindeer run over by revenge-seeking zombie grandma with hair matching colour of blue and silver candles. Movie at 11.
By the Numbers:
Days ’til the “Christmas Star” seems—the closest seen conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in 800 years: 4
P.c of People polled by Fox Information who approve of how Joe Biden is dealing with the transition: 65%
Variety of state and native public well being leaders who’ve resigned, retired, or been fired since April, the biggest exodus of public well being leaders in American historical past: 181
Quantity of covid aid cash spiritual grifter Joel Osteen acquired from taxpayers such as you, after saying he did not obtain any: $4.4 million
Superb imposed by California towards Uber for failing to offer regulators with particulars about sexual assault and harassment claims: $59 million
Date of the beginning of the torch relay for the rescheduled Tokyo Olympic Video games: 3/25/21
Your Thursday Molly Ivins Second:
This is to all of the People on either side of this 12 months’s unusually peppy fights over the allowability of spiritual symbols on public property.
This annual battle, by which the American Civil Liberties Union strives as soon as extra to make itself as widespread because the Grinch, is over the a part of the First Modification that claims the federal government can’t sponsor faith.
I at all times preferred what former Gov. Ann Richards stated when knowledgeable there have been calls for that the big star on prime of the state capitol come down.
“Oh, I might hate to see that occur,” she drawled. “This may very well be the one likelihood we’ll ever need to get three sensible males in that constructing.”
Pet Pic of the Day: Caught it!
CHEERS to increasing the group. President-elect Biden’s cupboard continues to take form with a recent slate of sensible, honorable, America-aligned patriots who will quickly take over for the present sty filled with of dumb, evil, Russia-aligned boobs now within the last throes of their super-spreading-the-stupid tenures. And the envelope please…
Transportation Secretary Former South Bend Mayor and 2020 presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, who would turn out to be America’s first openly-gay cupboard member and the youngest cupboard member, at 38, since Alexander Hamilton.
Inside Secretary New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland, who would turn out to be America’s first Native American cupboard member.
Power Secretary Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm who, just like the place suggests, is a human ball of vitality.
White Home Local weather Coverage Coordinator Former EPA director Gina McCarthy, a superb decide as a result of it is at all times helpful to have a Bostonian contained in the circle to crack skulls and throw round phrases like “depraved pissuh.”
First activity on their plate: eliminating the mess, covid infestation, corruption, and rancid stench left behind by their predecessors. Which, in the event that they work 24/7 and every thing runs on schedule, ought to allow them to begin engaged on their very own first-term targets by the beginning of Joe’s second time period.
JEERS to the acquainted sound of brow smacking desk. Nicely thank god the consultants waited fifty years to interrupt the information to us, as a result of if we would solely waited twenty or thirty or forty years we could have been untimely in our evaluation. I am shocked, shocked…
Tax cuts for wealthy folks breed inequality with out offering a lot of a boon to anybody else, in response to a research of the superior world that might add to the case for the rich to bear extra of the price of the coronavirus pandemic.
The paper, by David Hope of the London College of Economics and Julian Limberg of King’s Faculty London, discovered that such measures during the last 50 years solely actually benefited the people who had been immediately affected, and did little to advertise jobs or development. […] Their findings printed Wednesday counter arguments, typically made within the U.S., that insurance policies which seem to disproportionately assist richer people finally feed by means of to the remainder of the financial system. … “Our analysis suggests such insurance policies don’t ship the kind of trickle-down results that proponents have claimed,” Hope stated.
Will we ever have the option….to belief Reagan….once more?
CHEERS to the unique airhead. Glad Wright Brothers Day! On this date in 1903, after paying a $50 baggage payment, shuffling shoeless by means of safety and spending eight-hours on the tarmac subsequent to a screaming child, Orville Wright made the primary managed, sustained flight in a power-driven airplane at Kitty Hawk on North Carolina‘s Outer Banks:
At 10:35…the flyer moved down the rail as Wilbur steadied the wings. Simply as Orville left the bottom, John Daniels from the lifesaving station snapped the shutter on a preset digital camera, capturing the historic picture of the airborne plane with Wilbur operating alongside.
Once more, the flyer was unruly, pitching up and down as Orville overcompensated with the controls. However he stored it aloft till it hit the sand about 120 toes from the rail. Into the 27-mph wind, the bottom pace had been 6.8 mph, for a complete airspeed of 34 mph. The brothers took turns flying three extra occasions that day, getting a really feel for the controls and growing their distance with every flight. […]
This was the true factor, transcending the powered hops and glides others had achieved. The Wright machine had flown.
The jalopy-of-the-skies was within the air for lower than a minute. It could’ve been longer however they ran out of booze.
BRIEF SANITY BREAK
END BRIEF SANITY BREAK
JEERS to our hunka hunka burnin’ planet. How sizzling has 2020 been? Hotter than the steam popping out of Trump’s ears as he watched the electors voting. Hotter than the seat a Wall Avenue bankster sits on at a committee listening to as Rep. Katie Porter says, “My first query to you is…” Hotter than the solemn, lava-like procession of hair dye oozing down Rudy’s face. Yeah…that sizzling:
NOAA’s calculations present that the primary 11 months of 2020 had been .02 levels cooler than record-hot 2016, however there’s a 55 % likelihood that 2020 will find yourself the warmest on report.
If December is as a lot above regular as November was, then 2020 will at the very least tie 2016 because the warmest on report, Sanchez-Lugo stated. Florida, Virginia and Maryland up to now have had their hottest 12 months on report, whereas California had its hottest fall.
For its half, NASA stated 2020 up to now is the warmest on report and it’s more likely to keep that manner. Utilizing NASA knowledge, if December is simply 0.59 levels above the 1980 to 2010 common, 2020 needs to be the most popular 12 months on report.
November was way more above common than that, and December up to now has been 1.16 levels above regular, stated Zeke Hausfather, local weather scientist with the Berkeley Earth climate-monitoring group.
However all hope will not be misplaced. The EU local weather talks simply ended, and in a courageous transfer that took everybody abruptly, the organizing committee urged to the organizing panel that the organizing subcommittee to the organizing fee inform the organizing activity pressure that they are throwing the entire thing in Greta Thunberg’s lap. And no ice cream till you repair it, younger woman.
JEERS to lame makes an attempt at swaying the tin-foil hat crowd. 51 years in the past, on December 17, 1969, the U.S. Air Drive closed its Venture “Blue E book” by concluding there was no proof of extraterrestrial spaceships behind the hundreds of UFO sightings they’d investigated:
The Air Drive provides the next abstract of its investigations:
1) No UFO reported, investigated, and evaluated by the Air Drive was ever a sign of menace to our nationwide safety;
2) There was no proof submitted to or found by the Air Drive that sightings categorized as “unidentified” represented technological developments or rules past the vary of recent scientific information; and
3) There was no proof indicating that sightings categorized as “unidentified” had been extraterrestrial automobiles.
It may need been extra credible if the spokesperson delivering the information, Captain Blurp Oorksplorg, hadn’t been talking out of a tentacle.
Ten years in the past in C&J: December 17, 2010
JEERS to being behind the curve. Time journal introduced its “Individual of the Yr” this week and the winner is Fb founder Mark Zuckerberg. Fb, after all, is only one of an extended line of cool grassroots on-line hangouts that received infested years in the past with spam, viruses, overly-complex person agreements, and privateness invasion. So pardon me if I don’t stand and cheer. Then again, if he can catch the one that retains making poopies on my rutabagas in Farmville I am going to give him a well mannered nod. [12/17/20 Update: Ten years later, Mark Zuckerberg is the anti-Christ and his site has become Disinformation Central. Who knew???]
And only one extra…
CHEERS to saving our celluloid. Twenty-five films from yesteryear have been inducted into the 32nd class of the Nationwide Movie Registry. Lots of them—Grease, The Blues Brothers, The Darkish Knight—are mainstream hits. Others are much less identified however important in their very own proper, resembling…
Freedom Riders (2010)
Throughout 1961, greater than 400 folks from throughout the nation, black and white, men and women, young and old, challenged state-sanctioned segregation on buses and in bus terminals within the Deep South, segregation that continued after the Supreme Court docket had dominated the apply to be in violation of interstate commerce legal guidelines. Some 50 years later, “Freedom Riders,” a two-hour PBS American Expertise documentary made by Stanley Nelson, charted their course in appreciable depth as they confronted savage retaliatory assaults and compelled a reluctant federal authorities to again their trigger.
With Automobile and Digital camera Across the World (1929)
Filmed from 1922 to 1929, “With Automobile and Digital camera Across the World” (1929) documented the expeditions of Walter Wanderwell and Aloha Wanderwell Baker, the primary girl to journey around the globe by automotive. The couple, together with a crew of volunteers, crisscrossed dozens of nations in a caravan of Ford Mannequin Ts, filming folks, cultures and historic landmarks on 35mm movie.
Mauna Kea: Temple Beneath Siege (2006)
Produced and directed by Puhipau and Joan Lander of Nā Maka o ka ʻĀina, this documentary in regards to the dormant volcano on the Huge Island of Hawai’i examines the event vs. ecological preservation battle between scientists who use the mountain summit as an astronomical observatory and Hawaiians who need the mountain preserved as a cultural panorama sacred to the Hawaiian folks.
As ever, I stay hopeful that the all-time best film ever—Cats and Canines—will sooner or later discover itself nestled among the many NFR’s pantheon of greatness for its message of common fact in a world gone mad: “Canines drool, cats rule.”
Have a pleasant Thursday. Flooring’s open…What are you cheering and jeering about right this moment?
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